This Man Is Going Viral For Having An "Emotional Support Alligator," And The Pictures Are Truly Something Wild

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We've all seen emotional support dogs.

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There are emotional support birds.

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And I'm pretty sure there are emotional support mini horses too.

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But emotional support gators?! What?!

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So, the other day I came across this video of a man casually lounging with his emotional support alligator. Yes, "emotional support alligator."

The alligator's name is Wally, and his owner says his cuddles have helped with his depression.

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"I don't know what I would have done without him," his owner, Joe, tearfully says.

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"He's not your typical alligator. He's more affectionate. He just comes up and lays and cuddles."

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The clip is actually from a 2019 episode of Inside Edition.

In the clip, they take Wally around to a daycare and the dollar store.

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They show him watching TV.

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And they prove he's even a registered emotional support pet, apparently federally licensed.

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This video had me totally intrigued, but I was curious: What is Wally up to today?

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Luckily, like most people, Wally has a TikTok presence.

This video of Wally swimming has over 5 million views!

There's also an Instagram.

There were plenty of pics of Wally chilling around.

There are pics of him meeting people around town.

Pictures of him lounging around the house.

On Christmas.

And even driving the car.

Unfortunately, Wally's owner is battling cancer, so we'll send all our love and light to them.